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Published May 22, 2013, 03:28 PM

Two children rescued, 1 sought in St. Paul landslide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two children were rescued but one remained unaccounted for after a gravel slide in a St. Paul park.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two children were rescued and one remained unaccounted for after a gravel slide Wednesday in a St. Paul park, officials said.

The children were at Cherokee Park near the Mississippi River as part of a school field trip.

St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the children were exploring the park when the slide happened about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday. Zaccard said the ground is soft after several days of rain.

The two rescued children were taken to a local hospital. Their conditions were not immediately known. Zaccard said he doesn't know if the missing child wandered off or was still trapped. Rescue efforts were continuing.

The St. Louis Park school district said the children were from Peter Hobart Elementary School and were part of a fourth-grade field trip.

Neighbor Michael Rutzick, who lives in nearby Mendota Heights, said the area is popular for school field trips because students can hunt for fossils in the soft sandstone cliffs.

"It's all sandstone. Sandstone and trees," Rutzick said.

The park is atop bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River across from downtown St. Paul. Police cordoned off the area of the slide with security tape, and light rain was falling.